The Slave Trade in Early America

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Follows the slave trade from its beginnings in the fifteenth century to its abolishment after the Civil War, and describes slavery's impact on the people bought and sold.

Follows the slave trade from its beginnings in the fifteenth century to its abolishment after the Civil War, and describes slavery's impact on the people bought and sold.

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Overview

Follows the slave trade from its beginnings in the fifteenth century to its abolishment after the Civil War, and describes slavery's impact on the people bought and sold.

Follows the slave trade from its beginnings in the fifteenth century to its abolishment after the Civil War, and describes slavery's impact on the people bought and sold.

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Editorial Reviews

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In 1756, Olaudah Equiano and his sister were kidnapped from their home in Nigeria. They became separated, and brother was never to see sister again. Sold as a slave in the English colony of Virginia, Oluada was able to purchase his freedom in 1766. The history and geography of the Middle Passage as told in this fact-filled volume is referenced throughout by the writings of Equiano. In sparse text and illustration filled pages, readers witness the cruelty and mercenary motives behind the slave trade. Graphics include torn paper collage images that serve as metaphoric reminders of the violent separation experienced by the Africans who were ripped from their homes, families, and everything familiar. In counterpoint, the narrative expresses the ordeal factually and unsentimentally. However, the message is clear that the "cargo" of humanity was treated as a salable commodity, not as fellow human beings. Geographic location within the British colonies and types of work performed by slaves is explained. Illustrations accompany each page. The role of Quakers, the cotton gin, and the Civil War on the plight of slaves is explored. A timeline from 1619-1865, a glossary of terms that are bolded in the text, a suggested reading list, addresses of museums, and Internet sites are the features that complete this well documented volume. Title number four in the "Let Freedom Ring" series, this is an excellent addition to a classroom library, or to any collection for contemporary middle readers. 2004, Capstone, Ages 10 to 12.
—Janice DeLong
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736844826
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Series: Colonial America Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,479,182
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Kristin Thoennes Keller has written more than 25 nonfiction books for children. She also enjoys writing short stories and essays for adults. Kristin likes cooking, swimming, reading, running, and spending time with her family. Kristin lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Table of Contents

1 Olaudah Equiano's Story 4
2 The Atlantic Slave Trade 10
3 The Middle Passage 16
4 Arriving in a New World 22
5 Slavery in Early America 28
6 The Effects of the Slave Trade 38
Features
Map: Triangle of Trade, 1750 7
Time Line 42
Glossary 44
Read More 45
Useful Addresses 46
Internet Sites 47
Index 48
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